The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies’ Wildlife Viewing and Nature Tourism (WVNT) Working Group is pleased to issue this Call for Presenters for the 3rd Wildlife Viewing & Nature Tourism Academy. Join us at the Hilton Garden Inn, Fort Walton Beach, Florida on February 17-21, 2020.
Academy Theme: Practical Training for Practitioners
As part of our continuing efforts to promote the exchange of information and resources among those interested in wildlife viewing and nature tourism, the WVNT Working Group is sponsoring its third Academy aimed at providing a high “takeaway” value for participants.
This year the Academy includes outstanding keynote presentations, dozens of useful breakout sessions and informational networking events.
Submission Deadline: April 26, 2019
Focal Topics Include:
Human Dimensions and Diversity: For example: age, ethnicity, mentally and physically challenged groups, public interest/expectations, agency relevancy or regional variations in attitudes and interests
Outreach and Communications: For example: wildlife cams, expanding/engaging audiences, marketing, communication techniques, outreach methods i.e. social media, general uses of technologies or connecting wildlife viewers to citizen science
Best Practices and Ethics: For example: research, coordination, networks of partnerships and support, environmental/conservation education, wildlife viewer roles, WVNT impacts/challenges in conservation or quality of life
Birding and Wildlife Trails: For example: development and maintenance of trails, innovations in trail design, marketing and promotion or funding
Finances and Cost Effectiveness: For example: funding opportunities and campaigns, budgeting practices or programmatic and on-the-ground project costs
Operations: For example: facilities, blinds or ADA /inclusive opportunities
Your presentation proposal, should reflect the Academy theme as well as the needs and interests of the wildlife viewing community, including wildlife and tourism professionals, education professionals, and fish and wildlife scientists.
The deadline for submission of proposals is April 26, 2019
Full conference registration is required for all selected presenters
Presentations including a commercial product or service will need to clearly demonstrate the practical value to wildlife viewing and nature tourism programs
If selected to present, a computer, LCD projector and screen will be provided.
Additional audiovisual equipment is the responsibility of the individual presenter.
Options for sessions include 30, 60 and 90-minute formats. Please Note: Similar 30-minute topics may be combined into a 90-minute panel presentation.
Individual presentations will be scheduled for the morning or afternoon of February 18, 19 and 20, 2020. If selected to present, please be prepared to present on any one of these dates.
You will receive confirmation of your submission via email.
Formal notification of acceptance will be sent via email by the end of May 2019.
At the time of notification, all presenters will be required to submit, within three weeks, a bio and appropriate high-resolution photo to be used on the website and Academy program.
Full conference registration is required by October 31, 2019 to assure accurate production of the conference program.
All presenters will be asked to provide an electronic version of their final presentation no later than February 7, 2020.
You may submit multiple presentations for consideration; however, each topic must be submitted as a stand-alone entry.
Complete all fields in the Call for Presenters Application form. NOTE: You will not receive a copy of your submission, so it is suggested you complete the following offline and cut and paste into the Survey Monkey form.
Name, title, organization and contact information of the Primary Presenter.
Name, title, organization and contact information of all Secondary Presenters (if applicable).
Presentation Learning Objectives: By the end of the presentation, participants will be able to … (know, see or do).
Identification of one or more appropriate tracks:
Human Dimensions and Diversity
Outreach and Communications
Best Practices and Ethics
Birds and Wildlife Trails
Finances and Cost Effectiveness
Provide a 1,000 word or less summary of your presentation describing your presentation and includes the "takeaway” value for the audience.
Presentation Length (including Q&A); 30, 60 or 90 minutes.
Case Study Review
Presentation of Scientific Paper
Other (please specify)
Wildlife Viewing Professional
Wildlife Diversity Biologist
Non-Governmental Organization Staff (NGO)
State Agency Staff
Federal Agency Staff
Environmental / Conservation Education Professional
Other (please specify)
Support Documents: Download any support documents needed to “sell” your presentation.